Container and method for transporting a syringe containing radioactive material

  • US 6,425,174 B1
  • Filed: 10/23/2000
  • Issued: 07/30/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/16/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of preparing a syringe having a hypodermic needle and containing radioactive material for transportation to a location for use, the method utilizing a radiopharmaceutical pig having a lower portion and an upper portion, each portion being made from a radiation-resistant material, and a puncture resistant tubular housing that is generally transparent to radiation emitted by the radioactive material, the housing having an interior surface sized to hold the syringe and configured to fit within a radiation-resistant chamber of the radiopharmaceutical pig, the method comprising:

  • inserting the housing into the lower portion of the radiopharmaceutical pig;

    filling the syringe with radioactive material;

    inserting the syringe into the housing; and

    assembling the radiopharmaceutical pig by securing the upper portion of the radiopharmaceutical pig to the lower portion of the radiopharmaceutical pig so the radiation-resistant chamber of the radiopharmaceutical pig contains the syringe and the housing.

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